In observance of Labor Day, the library will be closed:
Saturday, August 30;
Sunday, August 31; and
Monday, September 1.
Fall hours will resume on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great weekend!
Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City. Workers there held a parade and festival sponsored by the Central Labor Union and Knights of Labor. This celebration prompted other labor unions across the country to campaign state legislature for the establishment of Labor Day as a legal holiday.
The earliest of such victories happened in Oregon and Colorado in 1887. Thirty more states passed similar resolutions before the first Monday in September was made a national holiday by an act of Congress, with Grover Cleveland signing the bill into law 1894. While parades, festivals, and speeches are still organized by labor unions, “most Americans tended to regard the day merely as the finale of a long summer of fun in which hot dogs, barbecues, and picnics reigned” (Park, 2003).
Park, David. “Labor Day.” Dictionary of American History. Ed. Stanley I. Kutler. 3rd ed. Vol. 5. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003. 12-13. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 22 Aug. 2014.